Rise Women Rise: Milka

Guest Story by Milka

I have just watched the preview of the movie and that took me back to the comments I heard from close friends and relatives because of my iskin tone. I am a kenyan lady who has lived in Europe for nine years. I had friends who told me that they thought I am just lucky not to be so dark like other very dark african men they had seen on an annual african festival in town. It was astonishing to me to read through the lines and see that even for some white folks, too dark = not apppealing.
Back home in Kenya, I remember a quite famous product known as fair and lovely which millions of kenyan women still use today to “lighten up their skins softly”. The attitude towards very dark skinned people in my own country is not much better. Black people discriminate amongst themselves. This is very sad and I wonna commend the producers of Dark Girls for starting a conversation that many of us have never had the courage or the urgency to do.We need to look at this discrimination from the root. Black babys should be brought up in homes and communities where their skin tone is not the determining factor about their beauty.

Thanks again for initiating this very important conversation. It was long overdue.

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One Response to Rise Women Rise: Milka

  1. Bunny says:

    Essays like this are so important to broadening people’s hrionzos.

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